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>> and i'm cyril vanier. this is "cnn newsroom" from atlanta. nine months after taking office, donald trump is aggressively dismantling what his predecessor, barack obama, accomplished during eight years. he took the advice of his own cabinet and key u.s. allies, the u.s. president on friday declared iran was no longer in compliance with the landmark nuclear deal negotiated during the obama administration. the fate of that agreement is now uncertain. >> mr. obama's signature health care law is under fire. on thursday, mr. trump ordered an end to government subsidies to help the poor buy health insurance. for wore, here is cnn's ryan nobles. >> friday was promise keeping day at the white house. and for the trump administration, that meant going after some of barack obama's key accomplishments. president trump is trying to make good on major campaign promises with two key policy
moves that could have dramatic consequences. >> i am announce ago new strategy to address the full range of iran's destructive actions. >> mr. trump unfailing a new approach to the nuclear agreement with iran, decertifying the deal and forcing congress to come up with a plan within 60 days. >> we will not continue down a path whose predictable conclusion is more violence, more terror, and the very real threat of iran's nuclear breakout. >> in addition to forcing congress to make the deal tougher, the president promised new economic sanctiones and sanctions against iran's revolutionary guard. he warned that if he doesn't like the congressional plan, he is prepared to pull out of the deal completely. >> in the event we are not able to reach a solution working with congress and our allies, had then the agreement will be terminated. >> this warning matches the president's strong condemnation of the iran deal on the campaign
trail. >> the iran deal, forget about deals between countries. this is one of the dumbest contracts i've ever seen of any kind. >> but pulling out completely could potentially isolate the u.s. from key allies that support the iran agreement. it also stands in contrast to the recommendations of the president's key advisers like defense secretary james mattis who argued the u.s. is better off in the deal. >> absent indications to the contrary, it is something the president should consider staying with. >> and it comes despite the fact that the administration concedes iran has lived up to their end of the bargain. >> my view of the nuclear deal is they are in technical compliance of the nuclear arrangement. >> while the move may make u.s. allies and diplomates nervous, it will likely be welcomed by the president's supporters, enthusiastically cheered by his speech at the conservative value voters summit. as an example of his attempt to make good campaign promises, the
president bragged about his decision to reduce cost caring for insurance companies as the first step to repealing and replacing obamacare. republicans have argued for some time that the payments to insurance companies were unlawful. today mr. trump argued the payments were making insurance companies rich. >> as far as the subsidies are concerned, i don't want to make the insurance companies rich. >> but democrats contend the white house is attempting to dismantle obamacare in an attempt to force congress to take action, a move that could result in many americans paying higher insurance rates. chuck schumer and nancy pelosi called the move a spiteful act of vast pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class of america. >> in the last ten months, we have followed through on one promise after another. >> and it's not surprising
president trump is focusing on health care and iran. if you paid attention to his campaign, a key theme was an implied promise that he was going to do everything he can to undo the obama legacy. he is now taking aim at two of barack obama's most significant accomplishments. ryan nobles, cnn, at the white house. >> many u.s. allies reacted with dismay to mr. trump's decision. they say they will continue to honor the international agreement. >> iran's leader went on television immediately after mr. trump's announcement. he suggested mr. trump had acted out of ignorance. >> translator: this is an international multi lateral deal that has been ratified by the u.n. security council. it is a u.n. document. is it possible for a president to unilaterally decertify this
important international deal? apparently he is not in the know. >> well, president trump's assessment that iran is not complying with the deal conflicts with the view of international inspectors and his own secretary of state. the thorny issue now goes to the u.s. congress. it has 60 days to pass tougher legislation towards tehran that satisfies the president. that includes taking a harder line on iran's ballistic missile program which was not part of the nuclear deal. international reaction to president trump's action has been swift. eu leaders are defending the current agreement and the uk, germany and france all say they are committed to the deal as is. >> it is not a bilateral agreement. it does not belong to any single country and it is not up to any single country to terminate it. we cannot afford as international community, as europe for sure, to dismantle a
nuclear agreement that is working and delivering, especially now. >> and it is succeeding in stopping iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and that is very important. it's a good thing for iran and for the world. we will work very hard to persuade our partners in the u.s. congress that we think the deal has value and there are many people in congress who want to fix it, not nicks it. >> other parties to the deal are russia and china who said they support the deal as is. russia's foreign ministry stated this. attempts to use such methods to solve foreign policy problems which will affect the fundamental security interests of other countries are doomed to failure. >> but israel and saudi arabia are supporting mr. trump's confrontational stance towards ta tehran. >> president trump has created an opportunity to fix this bad
deal, the roll back iran's aimpression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism. that's why israel embraces this opportunity and that's why every responsible government and any person concerned with the peace and security of the world should do so, as well. >> saudi arabia state news agency reported riyadh welcomed trump's strategy. >> john thomas is with us now, cnn political commentator and consultant. john, the iran deal may implode after what mr. trump said on friday, the affordable care act, the health care system in the u.s. is being dismantled, as well. as a conservative, is this what you've been waiting for? >> yes, at least. trump is start to go deliver on some of the promises that he made. but you've got to remember, this is what he campaigned on. he said that he was going to
repeal and replace obamacare. we haven't quite gotten that, but we're a still in the right direction. he said not just that he was going decertify the iran nuke deal, he was going to rip it up. in fact, i think it was a contest in the republican primary who was going to rip it up faster. you're starting to get -- and, of course, he's going to bring the jobs back and make our economy grow again and we're starting to see the economy grow, unemployment numbers are low. >> well, the economy had been growing for quite a while. >> that's true, but the unemployment numbers had been dropping. >> also dropping for quite a whooit while. >> the metrics are good. i'll give you credit in the sense that they were starting to go up at the end of barack obama's term, but they certainly have continued under donald trump. so as a conservative, i'm happy to see this is a step in the right direction. but there are huge challenges still ahead and trump doesn't have any major legislative wins like tax reform or health care. he has to get that done.
>> let me take both of those issues. the iran deal and health care. first of all, the iran deal. mr. trump wants a better nuclear deal with iran. in other words, he wants to go -- he wants to look at iran's behavior globally and he wants to make it more global than just a nuclear issue. what if he can't get a better deal, though? he's telling congress, get a better deal with iran. we got a terrible one. what if he can't do that? >> i think he ends up ripping up the deal and going back to sanctions. i think that's what we end up seeing. >> and is that what you're happy with as a conserve? >> i think what we've got now is such a dangerous deal. trump calls it a bad deal, but i think that really doesn't articulate what makes it bad. what makes it bad is that we -- in my opinion, is that we gave iran $150 billion back there what americans think are the number one sponsor of terrorism. so that's bad. and it really does nothing --
you know, our ability to understand if they're complying with the terms of the deal, meaning not making -- >> other parties to the deal say they are. france, the uk, germany, the eu. >> that's right. but most elected officials and senators, rex tillerson, obviously this current administration, thinks there's not enough teeth in the deal to certify weather they're actually complying so they want more teeth. then, of course, in a few years from now, we can't stop them from developing news. so for us, this is so dangerous. that's the issue. it's not just that we would like a better deal. it's that it's a dangerous deal and we've got to change it. >> all right. health care, really quickly, obamacare -- here is a tweet by donald trump just a few hours ago. obamacare is causing such grief and tragedy for so many, it's being dismantled. but in the meantime, premiums and deductibles are way up. for our international audience, that means how much it costs you to get health care in the united states. so mr. trump is reintroducing
cheaper insurance policies that also give you you less coverage. they're cheaper for a reason. that's good for you? >> it is. i don't think as a male i need to be paying for female birth control and other things that don't apply to me. i think at the end of the day, the problem you're seeing so far with obamacare is premiums are going up and that's because there's a wide range of coverage being offered. i think i should have the ability to buy the coverage that i want to cover the things that i want. i don't think i have to subsidize other people for things that i'm never going to use. so i think it's a good thing. the the current system we have under the affordable care act is not working. trump hasn't proposed a perfect solution. you can see we can't even get our own party to agree on it. but we do need changes because i know, for instance, my premiums
have almost had doubled here in california. and i don't think that's right, either. >> john, real quick, i want to hear your view on mr. trump's overall political strategy. he seems to be using the same tactic when it comes to immigration, when it comes to iran, when it comes to health care. he creates some degree of chaos or urgency and puts congress in an uncomfortable position where they have to fix a problem. because he's putting them on the brink. and he's done that for -- you know, he's started the clock ticking on d.r.e.a.m.ers, on the iran nuclear deal, on the health insurance market. is that what's going on? am i reading had this right and is that a good strategy? >> i think you're partially right. on the one hand, with daca with the dreamers, the president wants to see action on that. i don't think he wants toly repeal daca. he doesn't want to force all of these -- >> but he started the clock ticking on the d.r.e.a.m.ers and
he laid that problem at the doorstep of congress. >> you're right. and he had to because, remember, he campaigned on fexing immigration, building that wall, repealing and replacing health care and the beautiful thing but also the problem about our government here is that the president has the power to authorize things and veto things, but not the power to drive this legislation through congress on his own. so he gets the conversation going. now you can say it means that he's create ago crisis. i think he's bringing up the things that need to be solved. and the real trouble here is that the republicans can control all branches of federal government right now. they should be working together. speaker ryan, leader mcconnell, should have been working to solve daca, should have been work to go repeal and replace obamacare without trump having to drive it from the top. >> john thomas, thank you very much for coming on the show. pleasure speaking with you
today. >> thanks. another issue involving the u.s. government, the investigation into the alleged russian meddling and the 2016 election has taken another step forward. >> the special counsel's office interviewed former white house chief of staff reince priebus on friday. jim sciutto tells us what that was about. >> we're learning that special counsel robert mueller's team has now interviewed reince priebus, the former chief of the staff to the president. this interview took place here in washington at the offices of robert miller. priebus says it was voluntary, he was happy to cooperate. but it shows this investigation is now extending to the most senior adviser to the president. priebus is key not only because he was chief of staff until recently but he was the chairman of the republican national committee. during the campaign in 2016 when russian meddling in the election was taking place. the list does not end there. it is our understanding that the special counsel also wants to speak with the current communications director, hope hicks, current white house
counsel don mcbegan as well as former white house spokesman sean spicer. topics he's interested in looking into, the firing of james comey, the firing of michael flynn and as well as a meeting that took place on the air force one between donald trump jr. and russian lawyers who were promising damaging information on hillary clinton. all of this showing how seriously the special counsel is taking those various lines of investigation. jim sciutto, cnn, washington. a talibanlinged group is being accused of ra the pe and authorizing the -- of a family they held hostage for five years. caitlyn coleman and josh boyle were kidnapped. >> they arrived in canada friday with three children after pakistani forces freed them the day are before. boyle accused his kidnappers of
horrendous crimes. >> the stupidity and the evil of the hakani networks, kidnapping a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged with villagers is eclipsed by the stupidity and evil of authorizing the murder of my daughter as retaliation for my repeated refusal to accept an offer that the miss koreaants of the hikani network had made to me. and the subsequent and the stupidity and evil of the subsequent rape of my wife not as a lone action by one guard, but assisted by the captain of the guard and authorized by the haqqani network. god willing, this litany of stupidity will be the -- of the haqqani network. >> we're going to take a short
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the wildfires in northern california have wiped out nearly 6,000 buildings and at least 36 people are dead. >> officials are now searching through to find missing people. meantime, thousands of firefighters are making progress containing the fire, but officials warn strong winds could cause flames to spread over the weekend. miguel marquez has the latest for us. >> firefighters battling from the ground. and the air. the weather, for now, cooperating. crews finally getting the upper hand on fires that killed dozens, leveled entire neighborhoods and burned through nearly a quarter of a million acres. >> today, the weather is cooperating, but we are going to go back into red flag again and that's going to be an issue that we will have to keep a close eye with low humidities and
potentially wind for the next couple of days. >> the magnitude of the loss only grows. the petaluma home of peanuts creator charles schultz destroyed along with his personal memorabilia. his widow evacuated and survived. the fire spared nothing, even a santa rosa fire station gutted. crews now doubling efforts to cut lines, burn out brush and undergrowth and prepare for hot, dry winds in the days ahead. >> and we're now getting harrowing video from the first night these fires raged. this body cam footage released by the sonoma county sheriff's office shows a deputy responding to the emergency. he runs through raining ash and drives through walls of flames as embers, as you can see right there, my goodness, look at that, fly off his car. >> yeah. and at one point, he rescues a woman from her burning home. listen to this.
>> where are you at? >> right here. >> come on. come on. >> she's disabled. >> all right, all right, let met get her feet. let me get her feet. >> her husband is right behind you. >> sheriff, we're doing a carry out. hold up, hold up, hold up. we have a house on pier. >> you've got to get her out, you've got to get her out. >> okay. hold on. there we go. okay. watch your leg, watch your leg with, watch your leg. watch your leg. sir! you've got to go. >> and that just shows you how dicey those situations can be, how touch and go those situations can be. the firefighter, when he got in the car, clearly he could have been trapped by the fires and by the embers. >> so many people didn't make it, day caerrick, and still don know what started all this and when it was going to end. >> you know, there was a brief moment in time when the weather played along for the past 12
hours and they had major improvements on some of the containments on some of the larger fires, but that's pretty much out the window nous because the relative humidity is going down and the winds are picking up, which is not good. another interesting video that i came across, this one is a little different. look at the fire inside of a tree. this is in sonoma. just unbelievable to see this the perspective of what wildfires can actually do. let's get to the graphics. because we have over 20 million americans under a fire threat. so a red flag warning stretching from north and central sections of california, but don't forget about the coastal areas near southwestern california near los angeles. we've got winds start to go move off of this region. they dry out and they warm up as they down slope down the mountainsides. now, i talked about a little bit of improvement in terms of the weather. check this out. we had 44% containment in the tubbs fire. atlas fire had a 45%
containment. but you know there are still smoldering embers within these larger fires, even though they have gained some ground containment. there are critical fire conditions throughout the coastal and central areas of california today because the winds have now shifted. they are moving from a north to northeasterly direction and they are picking up. the wind forecast here today is not looking good for fire fighting efforts, making fire fighting sporadic because the embers will float from one section to another section quite easily, especially when we're talking background winds over 25, 35 miles per hour gusting even higher at some times. it looks as though mother nature is taking away all the available moisture from the atmosphere. we're getting single digit readings in terms of the relative humidity. that makes all the vegetation the in that area bone drive and as you can imagine, more fuel for the spread of wildfires. just quickly an update on hurricane ophelia that continues to churn across the atlantic, it
is racing to the northeast, still an equivalent category 2 atlantic hurricane. pretty interesting to start reporting on a possible landfall hurricane in the united kingdom and england. monday into tuesday, winds will overspread the the ireland region including scotland as well as wales and into england. gusts in excess of 80, 90, even 100 kilometers per hour and heavy rainfall, as well. it's busy across the world. >> thank you. a landmark deal to keep iran from developing nuclear weapons now hangs in the balance. still ahead here, we'll tell you the reaction in tehran to president trump's decision to recertify the national agreement that iran accepted just two years ago. plus, actress rose mcgowan said hollywood wouldn't listen when she tried to tell them about harvey weinstein's sexual assault. now she's speaking out louder than ever. stay with us.
welcome back, everyone. you're watching "cnn newsroom." >> the headlines in this hour, iran's leaders say they will restart what they call the peaceful nuclear program if the united states scraps the landmark nuclear deal agreed to just two years ago. u.s. president donald trump on friday refused to recertify the agreement. he vowed to terminate it if congress doesn't impose tougher restrictions tehran. >> france, germany and the uk say they're committed to this deal and are urging the u.s. to consider the implications of not recertifying it. the countries say they share concerns over iran's missile program, but do not think sanctions should be imposed
without international support. >> firefighters have made progress containing wildfires in northern california, but official warn that strong winds could cause flames to spread. at least 36 people have died since the fires erupted sunday and nearly 90,000 hectors or more than 220,000 acres have already burned. >> the a canadian held captive by a taliban group says the kidnappers authorized the murder of his baby daughter. boyle and his wife were kidnapped in pakistan back in 2012. pakistani forces freed them and their children on thursday. >> president trump's decision not to recertify the iran nuclear deal was wide ohly condemned by the country's leaders. that president suggested mr. trump was ignorant of how the agreements work.
>> we get more from cnn's frederick pleitgen in tehran. >> president trump's speech caused a lot of anger and frustration, especially among those in iran. but also it has caused more. row he haney ka rohani came out blasting the u.s. president, on the one hand saying the u.s. can't unilaterally leave the deal, on the other hand, saying that iran would stay within the nuclear agreement, but also if the u.s. also plays its role, as well, and does not violate the terms of the agreement. one of the other things, the u.s. government is against the iranian people. that, of course, playing to the fact that president trump in his speech kept talking about the
iranian people being, quote, oppressed by what he calls the regime here in tehran. it was a very fiery speech that row haney gave and certainly one that was watched by many in this country. when you look at the reactions we're seeing from ordinary iranians, we spoke to both moderates and hard liners in this had country, and you could sense the disappointment that they feel this new stance that the united states is showing. many of them had high hopes after the nuclear agreement of economic benefits because of the agreement of an opening up towards the west and possibly even better relations with the united states. on the other hand, you have the hard liners who at this point who are gloating about all this. they were very critical of the nuclear agreement and now they're saying, look, we always toll you the u.s. can't be trusted and now this has been proven once again. one of the other very, very important things that the iranian government has said, not
just president rouhani, but they've defended the -- many government agencies here in tehran have come out and said that they believe the revolutionary guard is an integral part of this country and they certainly seem to be standing by it. fred pleitgen, cnn, iran. president trump handling foreign policy is fueling critics, some even from his own party. senator bob corker has said before he didn't think secretary of state rex tillerson was getting the support he needed. now he's taking that statement even further. >> froi, "the washington post" quoted the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee saying this, you cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice. the tweets, yes, you raise tension in the region and it's very ir response, but it's the first part, the castration of trialerson, that i am most exercised about.
>> again, iran is warning it may restart its nuclear program if the u.s. carries out its threat to pull out of the nuclear deal just ratified two years ago. let's bring in s is a nam bakiel from the chatham house in london. first of all, your response to iran's rouhani that the u.s. president did this out of ignorance and going against his top military advisers. >> yes. well, the iranian reaction was predicted to be strong. trump's speech was very belligerent and critical of the rouhani regime. without a doubt, this has opened rouhani up to criticism within the country and will allow him to be very forceful and push back. >>. >> the president made this move saying iran is no longer in
compliance. is this another move for him to take away that which barack obama figured out and made happen and throw it back at congress to make it look different? and if that is the case, what does that do to stabilization right now vis-a-vis iran and its nuclear program since iran is now threatening to proceed with it? >> well, the iranians, i think, are also talking up nr game in a way to pressure president trump but also the in a way to rally the rest of the signatories of the nuclear agreement to its side. iran, it's not in its interest to restart the nuclear program. it needs to keep the economic incentives and international investment coming to iran because that's a real part of iran's compromises in this nuclear agreement. so if it does restart the nuclear program, it will shift
all of the rest of the signatories into president trump's camp. so they're both playing hard ball against each other. >> yeah. and it seems like this is another case where you have world leaders kind of shaking their head. i'll let you get your ear piece in so you can hear me. >> sorry. the. >> it's okay. this seems to be another case where world leaders are shaking their heads over the actions of this president and one wonders if his make america great again, america first, is a destabilizer. the united states has been one that ee ameliorates global crisis. >> this is just a nuclear deal and the united states and iran have never come to the table to talk about their larger issues. until that happens, there will
be long-term insecurity in the middle east. putting american national interests ahead of the world's, we're going to have this ongoing instability where the iranian regime can capitalize on that and that is exactly what they're going to do going forward. >> but beyond the united states and tehran, who can step up and, you know, kind of secure this deal or, you know, get the united states to kind of look at it differently, if that's what needs to be done? >> well, i think both sides are really pushing on the deal, the eu chief came out yesterday very strongly the pushing back against president trump and also the heads of state of great britain, france and germany have spoken in favor of the deal. so the onus is going to be on them to hold the deal together and to try to find points of resolution from the iranian side and to protect the deal in order to keep iran on board.
but at the same time, president trump is putting great pressure on these leaders to push back on iran's regional influence, its ballistic missile program and develop some greater cohesion over these issues and not let iran get away with these things. >> we appreciate you joining us, sanam, with your analysis. thank you. in thank you. . >> puerto rico, basic necessities are still hard to come by. more than a third of the island is without drinkable water. >> it's hard to believe so long since the storm. decimated infrastructure is isolating entire communities from the help they need. some people are so desperate they're drinking water pumped from hazardous waste sites. leyla santiago is in san juan. >> much of puerto rico is still struggling to survive, 91% still without power and a third still without fresh water.
house speaker paul ryan witnessing the devastation today, his tone a start contrast to president trump. >> i love puerto rico. we've done a great job in puerto rico. puerto rico has to get the infrastructure going. >> earlier this week, president trump tweeted a fema video highlighting the government's relief efforts, saying no one could have done what i've done for puerto rico with so little appreciation. so much work. but this is the reality on the ground. 45 minutes south of san juan, the town's hospital evacuated when the generator failed. one of the doctors told us they are operating on a day-by-day basis without reliable power. >> do you think you'll get that help? >> we hope so. >> do you need the help? >> yes. >> 8-year-old diego is lucky. he's getting off the island. a rare medical condition means life is particularly hard, and mom tells us he's running out of the medicine he needs to stay alive.
she says yes with, if it's tough to get this now, she can only imagine what it will be like in the few days and weeks when there's less available on the island. >> more than 36,000 people have fled to florida from puerto rico. 3-year-old niellie is from a mountain top community will soon be one of them. another family torn apart by maria. >> they're cousins and now they're going to be separated because she's going to connecticut and she's going to florida. their parents are worried about the conditions here. center we're in a crisis moment of making sure that lives are saved, that people are put out of harm's way, that hospitals are running, that water is flowing, that power is up and running. >> reporter: the government has a long way to go for water, for power, for a sense of normalcy to come back to the island of puerto rico. leyla santiago, cnn, san juan, puerto rico. >> unbelievable situation they face there. coming up here, hollywood's
pes.but now the actress is in the spotlight for accusing harvey weinstein of sexual misconduct. the "new york times" reports that in 1997, after mcgowan appeared in "scream," she reached a settlement. over the years, mcgowan has not kept quiet about the alleged assault, but never named weinstein. her outrage came to a head thursday when she came to twitter accusing weinstein of raping her. in a tweet to amazon's chief, mcgowan said i told the head of your pseudo that hw r a aped me. he said it hadn't been proven. i was the proven. amazon released a statement saying price is on leave of absence effective immediately. the move comes after a female producer lodged a complaint
against price. mcgowan's followers credit her for speaking out, but the actress's prolific tweeting took a hit after twitter temporarily suspended her account on wednesday. it outraged her followers, the hashtag women boycott twitter started trending and calls for no tweeting friday to support mcgowan. a twit wither spokesperson says her page was not suspended because of her weinstein rant, but because she had violated their policy by posting a private phone number. whatever the case, her account was restored the next day. >> now, we have the power of social. we can rally communities around these issues very, very quickly. so that's really what rose is doing. >> dee poku spalding is a former hollywood agent. she like so many others in hollywood knew of wine sateen's behavior. >> it was sort of an accepted evil. >> mcgowan continues to shame 240s who she says allowed
weinstein answers conduct to continue for years tweeting you all knew like acting ledge i didn't understandend tippy hedren. hedren recounted her experiences from director alfred hitchcock. >> i told him, you know, just stop it and i walked out. and as i left, he said i'll ruin your career pep didn't ruin me. and in my own mind. and that was worth everything to me. >> jason carroll, cnn, new york. >> okay. stay with us. we're back with you right after this. pain used to shut me down during pick-up games.
uber has launched a legal appeal that will let it keep operating in london, for now. the move means the company can keep offering commuters rides through its smartphone apps while courts work out the status of its license. london's transport authority had had pulled uber's license over concerns about its approach to serious crimes, among other things. some south african
grandmothers are hitting back against old age and they're doing it with gloves in a ring. >> why not? cnn's robin krill has more on the grannies who pull no punches in life. >> these grannies in south africa are striking back at getting older. about five years ago, a gym in johannesburg began fitness classes for the elderly. it started off with aerobics, but the clientele made up of women between 75 and 80 years old preferred somebody with a bit more punch. >> i feel young. i feel like i'm 16, but my age is 80. >> yes. >> the trainers at the gym say the workout is giving the women a new lease on life. they're taking care of their grandchildren, cleaning the house some of them. so most of them we try, we
thought boxing is the one that will make them relax, make them think, make them young again. >> twice a week, the grannies spar. work the bag, even face-off with each other. they say the camaraderie and the exercise is better medicine than anything they can get at a doctor's office. >> translator: we have high blood pressure. some others have diabetes and others have done operations. but here they are alive and able to walk even if they have done operations. they used to walk with walking sticks, but today, they are able to walk without their walking sticks. >> and though they may never be the next leyla ali, the ladies say the sense of hope they get from boxing is a knockout. >> just because you are a granny does not mean you need to burden yourself with that word, granny. you need to wake yourself up and show that you are a granny with life.
robin krill, cnn, atlanta. >> what's not to absolutely love about that story? >> you were right. >> that's pretty cool. all right. that does it for this hour. much more ahead. i'm natalie allen. >> i'm cyril vanier. we'll be back with another hour of news after this. after brushing, listerine® total care strengthens teeth, helps prevent cavities and restores tooth enamel. it's an easy way to give listerine® total care to the total family. listerine® total care. one bottle, six benefits. power to your mouth™.
president trump refuses to recertify the iran deal leaving its future in the hands of the u.s. congress. >> another twist in the russia investigation. former white house chief of staff reince priebus answers questions from the special counsel's team. and a kadaily struggle in pourt puerto rico, people waiting hours for water that isn't safe to drink. >> welcome to our viewers here in the united states and around the world. i'm natalie allen. >> and i'm cyril vanier in the cnnne